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Narrative of Lydia Smith

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Location: Natchez, Adams, Mississippi, United Statesmap
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  • Weekly Natchez Courier, March 2, 1827, Page 5.

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re-published in

  • The African Observer. United States: I. Ashmead, printer, 1827.

Narrative of Lydia Smith. — Says she was born in Delaware, eighteen miles from Bridgeville; she first belonged to Clement Ross, and afterwards to Governor Collins as his executor; that she was entitled to freedom at 21, now 23 years of age; that she lived for some time with Gary Hitch, who married Ross's daughter; that Hitch, after his wife's death, being suspected of a disposition to sell her as a slave, she was taken to one Aaron Wright’s, in Maryland, three miles from Norrisfork-hedge, and sent thence to Philadelphia, by the Abolition Society; that she lived there five years, at Mansfield's Tavern, at Edward Parker's in Zane street. at Britton Cooper’s, whose store was on Market street wharf, and with Mason, the oyster seller; (mentioned by Peter Hook) that she was known in Philadelphia by the name of Eliza Parker; that she returned to Mllford and thence to Bridgeville; that her father bought her time from Hitch for 65 dollars, and sold her for three years to Levin Stewart, Sheriff, three miles from Georgetown, (Delaware or Maryland) Stewart sold her to Bill Spicer, who took her to Milton, and thence to Salsbury; Spicer attempted to sell her as a slave; was sent for it, to Snow-Hill jail while she was kept at preacher James Herron's for six months, till declared free·; she then returned. Spicer got out of jail, caught her going from Milton to Georgetown; took her forcibly to his brother Theodore's, thence to James Walker's, one mile from Milton, thence to Patty Cannon’s, thence to Joe Johnson's, on the line between Delaware and Maryland; there Spicer sold her to Edward Johnson for 110 dollars; thence to Johnson’s sister, the wife of young Jess Cannon, where she was chained for 5 months, about one mile from Chrystler’s ferry, and not five miles from her birth place ; there she found Ephraim Lawrence, John Jacobs, (formerly of Harrisburg, Pa.) and little John; thence she was taken back to Joe Johnson's, where she met those named in Peter's narrative; Henry Carr, a black man, of Lombard street. Philadelphia, kidnapped Ephraim, and brought him to Johnson's; After sailing, she cannot tell where, they landed, and were taken to Petersburg, Va. and thence to Rockingham Court House, North Carolina. Robert Martin, and John James Miller, Josias Butler, and Tom Low, all belong to the gang, and live near Rockingham; so does James Jones, who lives near Johnson’s in Delaware. She says Robert Martin is a Post Master! agrees with Peter in the account of their travels; recollects one little yellow woman, about 18 years old, Hannah, stolen from Philadelphia, and a slave, Aaron, stolen from his mistress, Widow Orner, who keeps a boarding house in Baltimore; these two not named by Peter; says that Dr. Carey, near Georgetown, Delaware, will recollect her well.





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